2023 Year in Review

As the University of Notre Dame stands on the threshold of its next bold iteration, we celebrate breakthroughs in research complemented by a reemergence of the arts. A mission to fight for good in the world spans campus and continents. Anchored by a new strategic framework, Our Lady’s University stands poised for a new year. But first, we reflect.


A portrait of John Jenkins

University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., to step down at end of 2023-24 academic year; Board elects John Veihmeyer to succeed Jack Brennan as Board chair

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A portrait of Fr. Dowd

Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., elected 18th president of the University of Notre Dame

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A directly overhead aerial view of the dome with a fisheye lense to make everything look like a planet.

Golden Hour: It’s time to shine

Summer 2023 marked the first time in nearly two decades that the famous Golden Dome atop the University’s Main Building was regilded.


The Golden Dome in the spring.

Notre Dame to join Association of American Universities

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A penny next to a tiny computer wafer. The chips also contain tiny images of the Notre Dame Monogram and Leprechaun, images of the Dome and Basilica, and quotes.

The chip makers

Each year, a group of Notre Dame students receives a massive—though tiny—challenge: Build a semiconductor chip inside Notre Dame’s nanofabrication facility.

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A leaf as seen thorough a spectrometer attached to an integrating sphere. A light source is applied to the integrating sphere and hits the leaf surface and reflectance is measured via fiber optic.

A picture of drought

ND ecologist matches NASA images with field data to measure forest health

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Notre Dame students hike at Glendalough Valley

Notre Dame in Ireland

For a University with Ireland in its DNA, a presence on the Emerald Isle is only natural. But Notre Dame doesn’t just have a presence in Ireland; it has a relationship with it.

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A man riding a train in motion looking off frame in a seemingly perilous situation.

A perilous journey

Economics students witness the challenges of migration in Mexico.

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A caricature of GK Chesterton in a frame, sitting to next to a shelf with all his books.

G.K. Chesterton and Notre Dame

The writer’s things add a new dimension to the University’s presence in London.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A composite image of the women featured in the 'Women Lead' story.

Women lead

As Notre Dame celebrates Women’s History Month, we introduce you to seven outstanding women who are innovating in their fields.

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Five different images of the new museum space.

The new Arts Gateway: Raclin Murphy Museum of Art

To blend past and present, art and teaching, step inside to see the sights and hear the sounds of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art, open to the public Friday, December 1.

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Eddy Street at dusk, shot from above with the Hesburgh Library and the Word of Life Mural—more commonly known as Touchdown Jesus—lit up in the background.

Rolling out the welcome mat

Decades in the making, Notre Dame’s vision for a dense, walkable college town adjacent to campus is finally a reality.

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he South Bend Tribune building

Notre Dame acquires former Tribune property in downtown South Bend

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